Popsicle Stick Pirate Ship

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Travis has been learning about pirates lately (he now does a mean “ahoy matey!”), so to bring the fun alive, we made this little ship to join us at bathtime.

To make the raft, glue 8 craft sticks lengthwise across 8 additional sticks crosswise. Once the glue dries, it will hold everything in place. In retrospect, I recommend painting them first, or purchasing ones that are already colored.

Putting the craft stick raft together like this is largely a grown-up step, because it’s tricky to line up both layers. Travis helpfully added a few squirts of glue before I finished.

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To make the mast, you really need a hot glue gun, with which you can glue one craft stick upright on the raft. Failing that, I quickly decided to use a toothpick instead, which I could wedge in the tiny space between two of the craft sticks.

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Use glue to add any fabric scrap to your mast as the sail.

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As the finishing touch, add a pirate or two!

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Ahoy mateys, time to sail.

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Clay Flower Pots

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This project couldn’t be simpler, but kids will love playing with the clay and watching their decorations take shape! A great summer craft, especially if you’re teaching your little ones about gardening.

Use any small terracotta pot as the base. I ended up wishing that I had several on hand, because Travis covered his first with clay designs so quickly; consider picking up a few at a craft store ahead of time!

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For the clay, we used Model Magic – it’s easy to work with, mess free, and will air-dry in a few days.

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Travis loved just smooshing on big designs, but older kids can be more deliberate in their art, creating flowers or mini clay gardens. I added a few details as examples.

One cool result of Travis smooshing all the clay onto the pots was a swirled, marbled effect.

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These pots would make a great summer gift for anyone who loves to garden!

Chickpea and Squash Curry

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I’m always looking for recipes that gently introduce spicy flavors, so was delighted to see this (already vegan!) recipe in our July issue of Parents magazine.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 and 1/2 cups (3/4-inch) cubed butternut squash
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 (15-ounce) drained and rinsed can chickpeas
  • 2 tablespoons red curry paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup canned coconut milk
  • 2 cups packed baby spinach
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • Plain non-dairy yogurt
  • Lime wedges
  1. Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the squash and onion; cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Stir in the curry powder and cook for 30 seconds.
  3. Add the vegetable broth, chickpeas, curry paste, salt, and black pepper. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Stir in the coconut milk and spinach.
  5. Place 1/2 cup rice on each plate, and top with the curry. Add a dollop of yogurt and a spritz of lime juice if desired!

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